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EXPERIENTIAL COURSE IN COMMUNITY AND PSYCHOTHERAPY

For more than fifty years the idea of community has been at the heart of the PA. From the experiment at Kingsley Hall to its current therapeutic households, the PA’s work has always involved a shared attempt to deal with the hardship of emotional distress through the practice of living together. 

When the PA was set up, its counter-culture mission was to find an alternative to psychiatric treatment and in hospitals. All these years later the world has changed beyond recognition. Long-stay psychiatric hospitals have mostly been closed down but they haven’t been replaced by a more enlightened and communal approach to suffering, as R. D. Laing and other PA founders hoped they would be. Instead cost-cutting quick fixes and a punishing work ethic are the order of the day. Community as a therapeutic ideal remains as elusive as ever in today’s fragmented, competitive and increasingly digital world. Yet the need for it is more and more urgent.

 

But it isn’t as easy as saying that community is good and marginalisation is bad. It is possible to feel at home in prison and in prison at home. Bands of outsiders may be much more tolerant, cohesive and healing than clubs or churches. The shared experience of adversity often creates a powerful solidarity, while shared privilege can be divisive and alienating. Thus thinking about community must also involve thinking about how one group impacts, threatens, ignores, deprives another. Community presupposes conflict.


This course serves as both as a stand alone certificate course and an introduction to the PA (including the PA communities)

Held at the PA premises in Hampstead, north London, the course takes place over six weekends spread out over the academic year. You will encounter various modes of group work to explore group dynamics / what goes on between us.  Seminars will frame topics to discuss but the heart of the course is experiential, comparative learning about group formats and dynamics – and their relationship to the politics of the wider society. It will be possible to apply to the one year Diploma in Community and Psychotherapy and the Psychotherapy Training from the Experiential Course.

APPLICATION AND FEES

 

Application is by interview. 

The course costs £840 plus a £50 interview fee. There are a limited number of bursaries available for students surviving on low income.

For further Information contact office@philadelphia-association.org.uk

 

Interviews from April 2021

2021/22 COURSE DATES

2021 weekends: October 16/17 2021, November 27/28 

2022 weekends: January 15/16, March 5/6, April 23/24, June 11/12

PROGRAMME

Course Coordinators: 

Andrea Heath & Lucy King

Experiential Group Facilitator:

Lakis Georghiou

Consciousness-raising Group Facilitator:

Paul Atkinson

WEEKEND 1

 

Saturday 16 October 2021

10—10.30 Arrivals

10.30—11 Introduction to the Course

Andrea Heath & Lucy King

11—12.30 Consciousness-raising Group (jointly with Diploma Course)

12—1.30 Lunch

 

1.30—3 Seminar: The Organisation as a Source of Individual Purpose 

Dan Sofer

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Experiential group

Sunday 17 October

10.30—11 Arrivals

 

11—12.30 Seminar (jointly with Diploma Course): Community Online: Is It Possible?

Rob White

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3.00 Seminar (jointly with Diploma Course): The History of the PA

Lucy King 

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Experiential Group

WEEKEND 2

 

Saturday 27 November 2021

10—10.30 Arrivals

10.30—12 Seminar: Judgments and Experience in Psychiatric Services

Laura Neall & Tristan Voice

12—1 Lunch

1—3 Seminar (continued): Judgments and Experience in Psychiatric Services

Laura Neall & Tristan Voice

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Experiential group

Sunday 28 November

10.30—11 Arrivals

11—12.30 Seminar (jointly with Diploma Course): On Community

Jake Osborne

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3.00 Consciousness-raising Group (jointly with Diploma Course)

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Experiential Group

WEEKEND 3

 

Saturday 15 January 2022

10—10.30 Arrivals

10.30—12.30 Gender Groups

Facilitators: Rebecca Greenslade & Andy Metcalf

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Seminar: Women's Narratives

Christina Moutsou

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Experiential group

Sunday 16 January

10.30—11 Arrivals

11—12.30 Seminar (jointly with Diploma Course): Psychoanalysis and Movements of Liberation

Ian Parker

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3.00 Consciousness-raising Group (jointly with Diploma Course)

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Experiential Group

WEEKEND 4

 

Saturday 5 March 2022

10—10.30 Arrivals

10.30—12.30 Seminar: Social Class

Paul Gurney

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3 Seminar (continued): Social Class

Paul Gurney

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Experiential group

Sunday 6 March

10.30—11 Arrivals

11—12.30 Seminar (jointly with Diploma Course): 

The Scapegoat

Del Loewenthal

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3.00 Consciousness-raising Group (jointly with Diploma Course)

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Experiential Group

WEEKEND 5

 

Saturday 23 April

10—10.30 Arrivals

10.30—12 Seminar: On Racism and Psychoanalysis

Onel Brooks & Harjeet Sorya

12—1 Lunch

1—3 Seminar (continued): On Racism and Psychoanalysis

Onel Brooks & Harjeet Sorya

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Experiential group

Sunday 24 April

10.30—11 Arrivals

11—12.30 Seminar (jointly with Diploma Course): Jean-Luc Nancy's The Inoperative Community: Questioning the Sovereignty of Nations and Selves

Robbie Lockwood

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3.00 Consciousness-raising Group (jointly with Diploma Course)

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Experiential Group

WEEKEND 6

 

Saturday 11 June

10—10.30 Arrivals

10.30—12 Seminar: Containing, Containers, Boundaries, Borders and Homes

Mandy Carr & Alison Davies

12—1 Lunch

1—3 Seminar (continued): Containing, Containers, Boundaries, Borders and Homes

Mandy Carr & Alison Davies

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Experiential group

Sunday 12 June

10.30—11 Arrivals

11—12.30 Endings and Course Reflection (jointly with Diploma Course)

Andrea Heath & Lucy King

12.30—1.30 Lunch

1.30—3.00 Consciousness-raising Group (jointly with Diploma Course)

3—3.30 Break

3.30—5 Experiential Group